Meet the women behind the queen bee market
Supporting Local Creativity
Rancho Santa Fe natives and sisters Allison Gharst and Kellie Dooley are the faces behind the Queen Bee Market (QBM), which will be returning to North County with its spring show this month, bringing over 80 local vendors of home decor, clothing, furniture, vintage items, and more on May 13 and 14.
Allison and Kellie’s family moved to the RSF community when they were both very young. “I think our greatest memories of RSF stem from the tight-knit community and small-town feel. We were so supported in all that we did.” With family still in RSF, and a strong bond to the community, both women returned to North County after college – Kellie to Vista and Allison to Poway. Before starting their own families and taking over the QBM from previous owners, Kellie taught first grade at R. Roger Rowe Elementary and Allison was the art teacher for Maranatha Christian Schools.
Now partners in running the market, Allison and Kellie are proud to have grown it into a community for those who share their passion for creating. “The majority of our vendors are moms with a side passion for creating like us, and we care deeply about helping to support and foster that. We were created to create and we are blessed to be able to do that every day.” The Queen Bee Market will run on May 13 from 4 to 9 p.m. and May 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Vista at 1300 Specialty Drive. This year’s market will be raising funds in support for Children Of The Nations. For more information visit www.thequeenbeemarket.com.